The More Housework Men Do, The Less Sex



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You’ve been egging him on to take out the trash all week. Your husband refuses to change diapers and he hasn’t cooked you dinner in months. As much as you may complain, men that do the most housework have the least sex, according to a new study reported on France 24

Husbands that spend more time doing traditionally female chores like cooking, cleaning, and shopping have less sex than those that don’t. 

"Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, reported on France 24.

"Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently. Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks -- such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance -- report higher sexual frequency."

Sexual Frequency

The study, published in the American Sociological Review, found that both men and women reported having more sex in traditional gender roles: 5.2 times a month for men and 5.6 times per month for women. Men, however, can create conflict by never helping out around the house. 

According to the study, "Results show that both husbands and wives in couples with more traditional housework arrangements report higher sexual frequency, suggesting the importance of gender display rather than marital exchange for sex between heterosexual married partners."

Not sure what to do with this study, but it’s interesting none the less. What do you think? Do men who do housework have less sex?


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Sara Novak writes about health and wellness for Discovery Health. Her work is also regularly featured in Breathe Magazine and on She has written extensively on food policy, food politics, and food safety.









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